Some Superior residents pushed back on aspects of the Marshall Fire reconstruction process Monday night at the Superior City Council meeting.
Several residents of the Sagamore neighborhood, which was destroyed in the fire, have raised concerns with the city council, particularly about the zoning and building requirements needed for reconstruction.
The Sagamore neighborhood is a planned development originally planned in 1997. As a PD, homes in the neighborhood were all built to a similar development standard, which included specific setbacks for front yard, rear yard, side yard and the separation of buildings.
After the Sagamore neighborhood was burned down by the Marshall Fire, some residents raised concerns about rebuilding to current PD standards and asked the city for more flexibility with zoning requirements, arguing that more flexible zoning requirements could make rebuilding faster and faster. more profitable.
During a presentation, city staff recommended that withdrawal requirements be changed, among other aspects of the RFP. However, residents’ reactions to the presentation spoke of the lack of freedom in architectural design.
During public comment, Superior resident Joy Cassidy expressed concern about the constraints of rebuilding the architecture.
“I think we should be able to design a house the way we want. We’re not going to spend more than half a million dollars to build something that looks awful and our neighbors are going to find awful,” Cassidy said, who also added that she was worried about the timing. .
“I feel like it needs to be done as soon as possible, and it keeps getting delayed,” Cassidy said.
Another resident, Nadim Furzli, agreed with Cassidy. “All of Denver and all of downtown Boulder has design flexibility. Does everyone build hobbit houses and rockets? No. And if there’s someone who does that, it’s fine. That shouldn’t stop someone from building a rocket if they want to,” Furzli said.
“A more eclectic neighborhood actually benefits everyone financially, aesthetically, and in that sense, we want to be inclusive and fair,” Furzli added.
After hearing from city staff and the public, Administrator Neal Shah agreed that architectural reconstruction guidelines could be opened up.
“Nobody will build a house of glass, even if they want to, they can – it’s fireproof, maybe?” Shah joked.
“Let’s do what we can to remove the obstacles. Sagamore is a pretty tight-knit group, and I’ll be honest, I don’t think we’ve moved as fast as we could have for them, so let’s step it up. I know it’s more stressful for the staff and for everyone else; let’s bring the special meetings and whatever we need to get things done,” Shah said.
Administrator Ken Lish has indicated that the same rules for the Hometown may not apply to Sagamore, and he would like more feedback from residents on the matter.
“Sagamore is different from Original Town where it was built in a way that you had to comply – not to say it was right or wrong – but you knew what you were getting and as the owner you were there. have joined. Changing the whole set of rules of the road and basically saying we’re going to put the same kinds of rules as in the original town in Sagamore, without me hearing the people of Sagamore in a majority say that’s what ‘they want, it could do them a huge disservice,’ Lish said.
In conclusion, council generally agreed that they agreed with the proposed changes to the original City Land Use Commission. In regards to the Sagamore PD, council has agreed to hold a special meeting to discuss changes to the Sagamore Ward PD, as well as to gather additional information from residents on what they are looking for in the next steps. of the rebuilding process.